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sang froid

Calmness and composure while under pressure or in difficult circumstances. The phrase comes from French, translated literally as "cold blood." I'm sorry I had to ask you to make a presentation at the last minute, but you showed great sang froid up there.
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In dances that spanned his glorious 1981 Gloria (Vivaldi) to last year's austere but powerful Sang-Froid (Chopin), Morris's dancers sang the music through their bodies, whether it was the mournfulness of Michelle Shocked, the intensity of Lou Harrison, or the effervescence of Jacques Ibert.
Even after piercing the heart of a previously impregnable home rearguard to put his side closer to a Champions League place, Hibs' French debutant retained enough sang-froid to ruin the image of our hot-blooded Gallic cousins.
Though Lance writes in free verse (interspersed with prose poems), his poetry often gains by being richly assonanced, as in "Au musee du sang-froid / Le personnel est pale / Et l'enfant se lasse / De cogner aux rectangles verdatres / Dans l'indifference des poissons qui planent," a text which measures, by different means, the distance between "massacre" and "literature."
But this sang-froid is rare and indispensable in crises (like the Asian meltdown) when the stakes are high and those around you are losing their heads.
An advance patrol of horsemen arrived at seven o'clock in the evening, to be greeted with British sang-froid by a passer-by who said casually, `Oh yes, I heard you were knocking about.' As word spread, however, the men were mobbed and cheered to the echo while the crowd sang the national anthem and `Rule Britannia'.
Now he was the capitalist and I was the one who needed a handout." Explaining his sang-froid, Studs says, "You have to understand the difference between a robber and a burglar.
In sharp contrast with the sang-froid of such economists is the clamouring of the Marxians--or, more accurately, neo-Marxians--who hold out the dialectical iron fist to the 'exploiters', threatening to pull them down from their high pedestal and offer their ugly heads on a platter to the proletariat.
As the plot thickens with notions of belief, spiritual discipline and the limits of even the most rigorous logic, Thompson maintains the unnerving sang-froid that Fiona has used to keep dangerous feelings at bay, cracking barely perceptibly as that strategy begins to strain and finally crumble.
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De son cote, l'entraineur Nacer Sendjak qui cumule une solide experience africaine avec l'equipe nationale et la JS Kabylie, souligne : [beaucoup moins que] La necessite de faire preuve sur le terrain de beaucoup de tact et surtout de sang-froid pour esperer passer avec succes l'ecueil des Congolais.
Speed may be substance when it comes to Divide racing, but a flexible, sang-froid style is the best attack for the Route's multiple personalities.
S'ils consultent l'acquis communautaire, ils verront que c'est le droit le plus naturel confere a la police (...) qui a agi avec la plus grande retenue et sang-froid", a-t-il lance.
Speaking at the launch of a pounds 115 million "cycle revolution" for London, Mr Johnson said the other cyclists met the incident with "remarkable sang-froid".
He was sitting in fourth place and still half a dozen lengths behind the enterprisingly ridden leader, but if any jockey should ride with sang-froid, it will be a Frenchman.